Fields of activity
On the basis of the identified challenges the regional coordination process in the Maritime Strategic Council has led to the following fields of activity for Weser-Ems:
Field of activity 1: green shipping
The industry sector and the region are faced with the question of how ships navigate in an environmentally friendly and economic way in the future and how the safety and protection of the seas and coasts can be sustainably guaranteed by the shipbuilding industry. Not only the growing global shipping traffic in general but also the situation off Lower Saxony’s coast, in particular, harbour potential environmental risks. The shift of transports to the ship as a comparably environmentally friendly transport alternative compared to other transport carriers requires special efforts, as well. For these developments corresponding requirements and future chances are seen for the region Weser-Ems.
- Measure 1.1: research and development for an environmentally friendly and safe shipping
- Measure 1.2: green shipping competence centre Lower Saxony
Field of activity 2: sustainable port industry
Despite a yet unresolved crisis in shipbuilding one can assume a significant increase in the transport volume by sea in the near future. The Weser-Ems ports will be faced with corresponding requirements to avoid capacity bottlenecks. In addition to the necessary infrastructure development and hinterland connection of the ports, specialisation and environmental requirements more and more come to the foreground. Against this background innovations in the port development and operation become an increasingly important subject. In order to be able to operate a future-oriented port development, also the creation of innovative financing instruments for the port infrastructure design belongs to the new tasks.
- Measure 2.1: green ports
- Measure 2.2: intelligent logistics systems and simulation in ports
- Measure 2.3: innovative financing models
Field of activity 3: maritime offshore development
Despite uncertain framework conditions the first offshore wind parks have been erected off the North Sea coast during the last years or are within project planning or approval process. It may be expected that planning security for the offshore wind energy industry sector will be further increased in the course of determining additional key points for the energy transition in Germany. For the erection and maintenance of offshore wind parks new maritime services are required. In association with the energy economy this relatively new industry requires a wide range of innovations. From this, special needs for action and chances for the future result particularly for the region Weser-Ems.
- Measure 3.1: maritime research and development for the offshore economy
- Measure 3.2: appropriate further training for the offshore economy
Field of activity 4: maritime cross-section tasks
To increase the maritime innovation activity in Weser-Ems the creation of best possible framework conditions is indispensable. These include in essential the creation of a maritime knowledge infrastructure in the region as well as the development of human resources for the maritime economy and research. Needs for action are seen in the extension of applied maritime research in Weser-Ems, primarily at the two university locations Leer and Elsfleth. In addition to this, available qualified employees build the basis for safeguarding the competitiveness in the industry sector. Here a further increasing demand of qualified personnel in Weser-Ems is expected. There is a corresponding requirement for additional optimisation and development of appropriate maritime further education and training structures in the region.
- Measure 4.1: further development of the maritime research infrastructure
- Measure 4.2: specialist initiative for the maritime economy
- Measure 4.3: integrating cross-section technologies and clusters